|Obituaries for Wednesday, May 30
GLENVILLE -- Wendell Grover Arbogast, 84, of Parkersburg, departed this life at 1:20 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg following an extended illness.
He was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Lewis County, a son of the late Roy and Mary Marks Arbogast.
Mr. Arbogast retired from the Army Department of Defense as a U.S. ammunition inspector after 32 years. He was Baptist by faith.
Mr. Arbogast was united in marriage to Garnett Yoak Arbogast, who preceded him in death.
Surviving is one sister, Lucille Burkhammer of Stouts Mills.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2001, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, with the Rev. Robert Nicholas officiating. Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred K. Wade Fuhrmann Arnold
PARSONS -- Mildred K. Wade Fuhrmann Arnold, age 82, a resident of the Blackman Heights community, Parsons, departed this life Monday morning, May 28, 2001, at her home. She had been in declining health, and death was attributed to kidney failure.
She was born Sept. 16, 1918, at Jenningston, a daughter of the late John Lee Wade and Minnie Jane Bodkin Wade. In 1939, she was married to Arthur W. Fuhrmann, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Kenneth Lee Fuhrmann and wife, Monica, Stephens City, Va.; two brothers, Ralph D. Wade and wife, Jenny, Lewisville, Ohio, and Harry Wade and wife, Jean, Parsons; two granddaughters, Kristi Fuhrmann, New York, N.Y., and Lara Lawson and husband, Claude, Berryville, Va.; one great-grandson, Cole Douglas Lawson, Berryville, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Carl L. Wade; one sister, Hazel Kepner, and two half brothers, Ivan Bradshaw and Charles Bradshaw.
She attended the schools at Davis. She had worked for O'Neil's Clothing in Canton, Ohio, and retired from the K-Mart Co. in Canton. She attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church at Parsons. She was an avid cook.
A private family viewing will be held Wednesday evening at the funeral home parlor. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Thursday, May 31, 2001, at 11 a.m. The Rev. J. Michael Lantz will officiate, and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery.
The Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, is in charge of arrangements.
GRAFTON -- Burlin Samuel Bailey Sr., 87, of Flemington, died of a short illness at the Rosewood Nursing Home on May 29, 2001.
He was born in Shinnston on March 1, 1914, the son of the late William C. Bailey and Straudia E. Wilmoth.
He was a laborer, having worked for several coal companies, and served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Bailey, Mililani, Hawaii, and Debbie Snyder and husband, Danny, Grafton; one son, Sam Bailey of Clarksburg; six grandchildren, Luke and Jason Bailey of Charleston, Kim and Kathy Bailey and Michael Lynch, all of Clarksburg, and Kenny Lynch of Ohio; two sisters, Patty Keaton, Jacksonville, Fla., and Pauline Sorbs, Ash, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Robert Bailey, and four sisters, Georgia Farley, Juanita Blodgett, Irene Greathouse and Margaret Thorton.
Family and friends will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 30, from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, May 31, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 1, at 1 p.m. by Raymond Cox, with burial to follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown. Military services will be provided by VFW No. 3081, American Legion, Taylor County Post No. 12, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 24.
Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of arrangements.
FLATWOODS -- Hugh Harold Butcher, 85, of Alloy, died May 28, 2001, in CAMC-General Division after a sudden illness.
He was born May 16, 1916, at Carpenters Fork, a son of the late Preston Randolph Butcher and Fernie Oleta McQuain Butcher.
He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He received a master's degree from Ohio State University, was a teacher and a lifetime 4-H All Star member.
Surviving are his wife, Mabel Given Butcher, whom he married on June 9, 1951; two sons, Neil Butcher of Falls Church, Va., and Dan Butcher of Cincinnati, Ohio, and one granddaughter, Stephanie.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2001, at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with the Rev. William E. Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in the Morrison Cemetery near Sutton. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home.
Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods, is in charge of arrangements.
GRAFTON -- Charles H. Coole Sr., 74, of Morgan Manor Nursing Home, Morgantown, formerly of Beech Street, Grafton, died May 28, 2001, at the nursing home of an extended illness.
He was born in Neffs, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1927, the son of the late Herman R. and Catherine M. King Coole.
He retired as a maintenance foreman from the City of Grafton Housing Authority in 1989 with 17 years of service. He was a member of the U.S. Army, with service during World War II, and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3081, Grafton, Knights of Columbus, Grafton, and St. Augustine Catholic Church, Grafton.
He is survived by two sons, Charles H. Coole Jr. and wife, Linda Jane Hicks, of Morgantown, and Vincent P. Coole and wife, Jane, Elmira, N.Y.; three daughters, Maria A. Coole of Lancaster, Pa., Catherine Coole Costello and husband, Arland, of Lansing, Mich., and Angela R. Duke and husband, Ed, of Olympia, Wash.; one brother, Daniel Coole and wife, Jo Claire, of Lake Placid, Fla.; one sister, Deanne Moon, Las Cruces, N.M.; seven grandchildren, Eric, Elena and Emma Coole, Rachel Coole, Siobhan Coole-McIntosh, Keely and Brittney Childers, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice A. Oliverio Coole, on Oct. 28, 1972; one brother, George "Sonny" Coole, and one sister, Mary Kate "Diddy" Densmore.
Friends and family will be received at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, on Thursday, May 31, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with the Rosary service at 6:30 p.m. and the Christian vigil service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held in St. Augustine Catholic Church on Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m., with Fr. Ronald G. Prechtl officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Grafton. Military services will be provided by VFW No. 3081, the American Legion, Taylor County Post No. 12, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 24.
Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of arrangements.
PARSONS -- Eileen Anne Day, age 58 years, a resident of Hendricks, departed this life Monday evening, May 28, 2001, at Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md. She had been in declining health, and death was attributed to a stroke.
She was born April 16, 1943, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of Betty Bailey Feeney, who survives, and the late John Wright Feeney.
Also surviving are her former husband, William D. Day, who survives at Holly Meadows; one son, William Earl Day and wife, Kim, Parsons; three daughters, Peggy Louise Fulk and husband, Skip, Bayard, Maureen Regina Day, Oakland, Md., and Betty Anne Day, Etam; two brothers, Mike Feeney, Gaithersburg, Md., and John Feeney and wife, Sheila, Barnsville, Md.; one sister, Kathy Cottrell, Olney, Md.; four grandchildren, Blake Patrick Day, William Floyd Day, Rorry Isaiah Day and Gina Anne Fulk.
Preceding her in death was one brother, Patrick Feeney.
She attended the St. Bernadette Catholic Church at Gaithersburg and Wheaten High School at Wheaten. She was a coal miner with Union Local No. 1289, having worked for Island Creek Coal Co., Republic Steel Coal Co., Grand Badger Coal Co. and the coal mine at Laurel Run. She was an artist and had a love for music.
Friends will be received at the Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, on Wednesday, from 6-9 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Pastor Joseph Mininger will officiate, and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery, Parsons.
The Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
William Edward 'Bill' Fisher
JANE LEW -- William Edward "Bill" Fisher, 83, of Straley Addition, Jane Lew, passed away Monday, May 28, 2001, at his home.
He was born May 27, 1918, in Weston, a son of the late William O. and Audra Townsend Fisher.
He was married Sept. 7, 1938, to Garnet L. Holbert Fisher, who survives.
Surviving also are one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel E. Fisher and wife, Jeanne, of Weston; one granddaughter and husband, Krista Lattea and husband, John, of Buckhannon; one sister and husband, Peggy Ellis and husband, Ted, of Weston; two half brothers, Jack Fisher of Weston and Rodney Fisher of Florida; one half sister, Regina Fidler of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Myrtle Westfall Fisher, and one brother, Cecil Fisher.
Mr. Fisher was retired from Consolidated Gas with 34 years of service. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper.
Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bradley Tenney officiating. Burial will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to Lewis-Upshur Camp of Gideons, P.O. Box 505, Buckhannon WV 26201.
Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Catherine Ellen Dixon Holt
REEDSVILLE -- Catherine Ellen Dixon Holt, 79, of Browns Mill near Arthurdale, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
She was born April 4, 1922, at Pleasant Creek near Philippi, a daughter of the late Frederick Russell and Delia Ann Bartlett Dixon.
She was a longtime member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Kingwood Fraternal Order of Eagles.
She was a certified nursing assistant at West Virginia University Hospital for many years.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry Holt, Akron, Ohio, and Don and Bonnie Holt, Browns Mill; two daughters and one son-in-law, Wilma L. and Thomas S. McClung, Clifton Forge, Va., and Linda D. Holt, Arthurdale; one brother, Bill Dixon, Browns Mill; one sister, Elma Breitenstine, Akron; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, six sisters and her former husband, Howard Holt.
Friends may call from 1-2 p.m., the funeral hour, on Wednesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, with Pastors James E. Martin and F.L. Dotson presiding. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery.
Morgan Funeral Home, Reedsville, is in charge of arrangements.
CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Walter Lee Hornsby, age 87, of 106 Tibbs Ave., Clarksburg, died at 5:26 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2001, at United Hospital Center following an extended illness.
He was born June 9, 1913, in Clay County, a son of the late John Henry and Catherine Brodie Hornsby.
His wife, Mary Pulice Hornsby, whom he married June 27, 1936, preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1995.
Surviving are one son-in-law, Lawrence P. Woods, Clarksburg; two granddaughters, Marian Woods Harold, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Michele Woods Hardman, Richmond, Va.; one brother, Nesbit Hornsby, Fayetteville; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Barker, Gaithersburg, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Megan Harold, Pittsburgh, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hornsby was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Delores June Hornsby Woods, on Oct. 24, 1999; one brother, Les Hornsby, and one sister, Mrs. Frankie Butcher.
Mr. Hornsby was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg. He was the last surviving employee of the Cheeseman Paint Store. He was a retired coal miner, having worked for Pittston Coal Co., Clinchfield Division, where he had served as a member of the Mine Safety Rescue Team.
Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2001, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust conducting the service. Entombment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.
WEST UNION -- Samuel Howard King, 70, of West Union, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Clendenin, a son of the late Cleston B. and Eleanor Heflin King.
He is survived by his wife, Nelda Ford King of West Union; one daughter, Cheryl Lambert and husband, Tom, of Onsted, Mich.; three sons, Dan King and wife, Debra, Monroe, Mich., David King and wife, Kelley, of Missouri City, Texas, Jeff King and wife, Keryl, of West Union; two sisters, Linda Harvley of Florida and Jean Burns of Ohio; four grandsons, Michael Lambert, Jeremy King, Kenny King and Dane King; four granddaughters, Kelly McNicol, Heather King, Kaitlin King and Chesa King, and one great-granddaughter, Allyson McNicol.
Mr. King was raised in West Union and graduated from Doddridge County High School in 1950. After graduation, Mr. King joined the U.S. Navy, where he served four years as Airman 2nd Class and was a crew chief of P2V aircraft. In June 1952, he married local girl Nelda Ford. They resided in Jacksonville, Fla., while in the military. After honorable discharge, the King family relocated to Akron, Ohio, where Sam completed a four-year Tool and Die Apprenticeship with Ford Motor Co. In 1964, this family of six moved to Michigan, where Sam worked for 31 years as a Tool and Die Foreman. During his life in Michigan, he was active in their home church, First United Methodist Church of Flat Rock. He was an active mason in the Masonic Lodge, Trenton, Mich. After retirement, Sam and Nelda relocated to Tega Cay, S.C. After four years, the decision was made to settle in their childhood hometown of West Union. His busy retirement life included serving in his church, Emmanuel United Methodist, in many positions. He was an active Lions Club member and member of Friendship Lodge No. 56 in West Union. He also served two years as a member of the West Union City Council.
Funeral service will be conducted Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, West Union, with the Rev. Don Newlon officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union, with full military rites by VFW Post No. 3408 and American Legion Post No. 25.
Family will receive friends at the Spurgeon Funeral Home Wednesday, May 30, from 2-9 p.m. and 10 a.m. until time of service at the church on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Doddridge County Community Foundation, in care of P.O. Box 92, West Union, WV, 26456.
Spurgeon Funeral Home Service, West Union, is in charge of arrangements.
GLENVILLE -- Barbara Ann Lang, 60, of Tanner, departed this life at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 27, 2001, at West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, following a brief illness.
She was born March 8, 1941, in Logan County, a daughter of the late Earnest and Myrtle Hester Osborne.
Mrs. Lang was a homemaker and Protestant by faith.
On Oct. 12, 1960, she was united in marriage to Arkie J. Lang, who preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1996.
Surviving are four sons, Jeff Lang of Cox's Mill, Harold Lang, stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Drum, N.Y., Leroy Lang of Tanner Falls and Charlie Lang of Chahoga Falls, Ohio; three grandchildren, Dustin and Kristin Lang of New York and Jennifer Simmons of New York; one sister, Linda Burns of Logan.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2001, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, with the Rev. Danett Osborne and the Rev. Harmon Osborne officiating. Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at Cox's Mill.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, is in charge of arrangements.
JANE LEW -- Harley Mollohan, 82, of 11 Oakridge Estates II, Lost Creek, died May 28, 2001.
He was born April 30, 1919, in Caress, a son of the late George and Iva Lewis Mollohan.
He was married Aug. 16, 1952, in Lumberport to Reva Dennison, who survives.
Also surviving are one stepson, Bobby Ray Dennison of Parma, Ohio; one daughter, Cheryl Fuchs of Mentor, Ohio; two sisters, Bessie Lowther of Corley and Mary Gregory of Haywood; two brothers, Marvin Mollohan of Corley and Paul Mollohan of Weston; six grandchildren.
Two sisters and one brother are deceased.
Mr. Mollohan was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army, and was Protestant by faith. He was a retired carpenter.
Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ronald Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
WEST UNION -- Georgiana D. Douglass Phelps, 90, of New Martinsville, died May 6, 2001, in Indianapolis, Ind.
She was born Jan. 25, 1911, in Salem, a daughter of the late Crede D. and Mary Ann McClain Douglass.
She is survived by one stepdaughter, Dorothy Phelps Anderson; two stepsons, Peter Phelps and Stanley Phelps; three nieces, Ann McCamey Johnson, Meade McCamey Ferguson and Sara Douglass; two nephews, Hugh Douglass and Crede Douglass III.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Phelps Jr.
Mrs. Phelps was a graduate of Salem College, Salem, where she received her Bachelor in Science and Bachelor in Arts degree. She was a teacher in the Harrison County school system for approximately 20 years. She was a member of St. Ann's Episcopal Church of New Martinsville.
Graveside services will be conducted at the West Union Masonic Cemetery, West Union, on Sunday, June 2, 2001, at 10:30 a.m.
Flanner & Buchanan Mortuary, Indianapolis, Ind., and Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, assisted with arrangements.
BUCKHANNON -- Robert Carl Reeder, 81, of 817 Buckhannon Manor, Buckhannon, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at his home in Buckhannon.
He was born Jan. 25, 1920, in Upshur County, a son of the late Virgil Burton Reeder and Virgie Pearl Mick Reeder.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ballinger, Weston; one son, Robert Carl Reeder Jr., Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Osburn.
Mr. Reeder was an aide at Weston State Hospital and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the North Buckhannon United Methodist Church.
Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon, is in charge of arrangements.
WESTON -- Phoeba Riffle, 87, a resident of Holbrook Nursing Home, formerly of Gee Lick, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in the Holbrook Nursing Home in Buckhannon following an extended illness.
She was born in Weston, March 3, 1914, a daughter of the late Henry and Ivy Ables Riffle.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Irene Paugh of Weston; two sisters, Nora Riffle of Buckhannon and Lucy Ables of Elkins; two brothers, George Riffle of Gee Lick and Herbert Riffle of Walkersville, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Raymond Riffle, and two sisters, Alda Skinner and Nettie Hefner.
Mrs. Riffle was employed at Blair's Restaurant in Weston for over 35 years and was Protestant by faith.
Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow in the Gee Lick Cemetery.
Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, is in charge of arrangements.
FAIRMONT -- George F. Shumaker Jr., 78, of Menoher Heights, Pa., died on Tuesday, May 29, 2001.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1922, in Clarksburg, a son of the late George F. and Virginia Robinson Shumaker.
He was a member of the Westmont Baptist Church, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, I.E.E.E. and Sunnahanna Country Club. He was a graduate of Shinnston High School and West Virginia University as an electrical engineer. He retired as a superintendent with Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Johnstown, Pa. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Mason Shumaker; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Richard Hayes of Windber, Pa., and Caroline and Edward Gilles of Athens, Pa.; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Susan Shumaker of Lewisburg, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Molly Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Shane Shumaker, Sara Shumaker, Benjamin Gilles, Samuel Gilles and Megan Gilles; one sister and her husband, Mary and Earl Carpenter of Fairmont; one brother and wife, David E. and Helen Shumaker of West Chester, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Jane Shumaker of St. Augustine, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. James R. Shumaker.
Friends may call at the John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., Johnstown, Pa., on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2001, at Westmont Baptist Church with the Rev. Jon Estes officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
FAIRMONT -- Robert S. Stankiewicz, 67, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Fairmont, died of natural causes Monday, May 28, 2001, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Auburndale, Fla. He was born in Natrona, Pa., on Oct. 12, 1933, a son of the late Stanley and Clara Barczykowski Stankiewicz.
He graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, where he received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He retired from AT&T with 30 years of service as a line supervisor.
He was a member of God's Word of Life Church in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Helen Romofsky Stankiewicz; three sons, Robert S. and Deanna Stanz of Lakeland, Fla., and Robert Ringel of Spartanburg, S.C.; one daughter, Antonia Constable of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; one sister, Kathleen Sprowls of Fairmont; seven grandchildren, John Constable, Katherine Constable, Aaron Ringel, Joseph Ringel, Jonathon Ringel, Joshua Stanz and Elizabeth Stanz.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, William Joseph Stankiewicz, who died on Nov. 16, 1974, and one sister, Regina Kocsis.
Friends may call at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 2, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael Peschl officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Military services will be provided at the graveside by the Marion County Military Honor Guard.